Some Things Change

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Cloudy days change to sunny Water changes to ice Ice changes to water

The world is filled with changes?some we can control and some we can?t. They just happen. Some changes are exciting. Some are surprising. And some changes can even be a little bit scary. But some things, like a mother?s love, are best because they never change at all.
In this latest book featuring the dear little penguin, Mary Murphy once again has created an endearing and ...

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Overview

Cloudy days change to sunny Water changes to ice Ice changes to water

The world is filled with changes—some we can control and some we can’t. They just happen. Some changes are exciting. Some are surprising. And some changes can even be a little bit scary. But some things, like a mother’s love, are best because they never change at all.
In this latest book featuring the dear little penguin, Mary Murphy once again has created an endearing and reassuring book that captures the complex simplicity of childhood. Children will be drawn to the bright, bold illustrations and to the similarities they see between themselves and penguin.

Mary Murphy has written and illustrated many bright, beguiling children’s books, including I Make a Cake, I Am an Artist, and Please Be Quiet. Ms. Murphy lives in Dublin, Ireland.

A little penguin finds that everything, from weather to water to feelings, can often change.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
What's black and white and likely to be read all over? This cheery paper-over-board addition to Murphy's (Please Be Quiet!; My Puffer Train) canon of penguin books for toddlers. Here, a young penguin observes how the things in its life and surroundings are apt to change a cardboard box becomes a ship, water turns to ice, walls in the home are painted different colors. Moods and minds change, too, a fact that seems to make each day a new adventure. But while many things are in flux, the book's final spread offers a reassuring exception: the constant love of a parent. "Some things stay the same," reads the text, as the art depicts a parent-and-child hug. Everything about the book's design is appealingly bold, from the solid-colored backgrounds and thick, hand-lettered style of the text to the penguin's bright fried-egg, yellow-on-white belly. Young children will appreciate the verisimilitude and comforting notes that Murphy hits just right. Ages 1-4. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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What changes? What stays the same? Mary Murphy's boldly colored penguin tips over a box to change it from a cave to a ship. Readers and this middle sized penguin learn that weather changes from cloudy to clear and that water changes into ice and back again. "Day changes to night/ Dark changes to light." Moods change, too. A baby penguin cries on one page when a large hat flops over his/ her head, then laughs as the adult penguin lifts him high overhead. In this family of three—an adult penguin, our 'hero' and a tiny baby penguin, there are subtle changes, too. In a scene with the "baby" on the big one's lap, our growing penguin enters with a green-covered book. The page is titled "I change my mind," and the growing one says, "Can we read this one instead?" Of course, the reader knows the answer is 'yes,' and that, really, there is room for two children on the lap. This is a reassuring book, simple enough to engage a young child's imagination and complex enough emotionally to appeal to a broad age group. In the last illustration the adult hugs both children. "Some things change/ Some things stay the same," the caption reads, meaning that "even with a new baby, the older one will still be loved." Illustrative details reassert the message in this lovely, engaging book. The endpapers feature four recurring images from the text, providing readers with a puzzle or game of finding each inside. The colors are bright and the printing is bold enough for young readers to decode. And, for those interested in life cycles, the cover features a butterfly and a caterpillar. 2001 (orig. 2000), Houghton Mifflin, $9.95. Ages 1 to 4. Reviewer: Jeanne Whitehouse
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PreS-K-The penguins from Please Be Quiet! (Houghton, 1999) are back in this engaging book. Through mostly concrete examples, the concept of change is explored on many levels. A cardboard box in the flippers of a youngster can change from being a cave to a ship; a cloudy day can turn into a sunny one; a child changes by growing taller; a home can change with a coat of paint; and individuals can even change their minds. These examples, featuring playful and loving situations, make an often-scary concept seem like a comfortable, everyday experience. The bold and vivid colors and familiar situations will appeal to preschoolers who will enjoy the simplicity of the illustrations. A good choice for sharing with a group or one-on-one.-Genevieve Ceraldi, New York Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618003341
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/26/2001
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Murphy has published several children's books, including I LIKE IT WHEN, which won the Parenting Magazine Gold Medal. She lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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